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Planning a short break to Cork? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Cork. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Cork. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

Located at Emmet Place, Cork, County Cork, this gallery displays works by famous Irish painters such as William Orpen, James Barry, Daniel Maclise, and others. The local artists works are the focus of the gallery but there is also on display handcrafted silver and glass, and sculpture.

Located in what was once Corks customs house back in the 18th century, the gallery was brought slap-bang into today with an extensive and thorough face-lift, as well as an ultramodern extension. There is a bookshop and a restaurant at the gallery.

For more information phone 021/427-3377 or go to www.crawfordartgallery.com

Blarney Castle and Stone

Located 8km (5 miles) northwest of Cork City, Blarney, County Cork, Blarney Castle, or what is left of it, is a striking sight with its massive square tower and parapet rising 25 meters into the sky. It is here that the Blarney Stone can be found, and kissed, to gain wonderful powers of speech and eloquence. If you are not limber enough to bend over backwards and hang head first from the battlements to achieve this feat, then instead wander through the gardens, or stroll along Blarney Lake for some peaceful reflection before checking out the dark and dreary dungeons at the bottom of the castle. For more information phone 021/438-5252.

Cork Heritage Park

This Park is located about 3.2 km south of the city centre, on 6 acres of landscaped grounds and the restored 19th century courtyard of Bessboro Estate. With an environmental centre, archaeology room, and a museum recording the history of fire fighting in Cork from 1450 to 1945, there is much to see, learn, and enjoy on a visit to Cork Heritage Park.

For more information phone 021/435-8854, or go to www.lookintoireland.com/blarney.htm

Old English Market

Dating back to a charter of James I in 1610, Irelands finest food market has a long history, including been ravaged by fire in 1980. Refurbished to an award-winning design by the city architect, T.F. MacNamara, it still sells it fish, meat, vegetables and fruit, as well as traditional Cork fare like hot buttered eggs. Visitors will find this old establishment in Cork on Grand Parade.

Barryscourt Castle

The castle at Carrigtwohill, between Cork City and Cobh, is a fine example of a 15th century tower house, with 16th century additions and alterations. Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family for 500 years, from the 12th to 17th century. There is an old-world tearoom and craft shop in the adjacent stone coach house. The castle is managed in conjunction with Barrscourt Trust, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. Phone 353 21 4882218, and can be found Near Carrigtwohill, off the Cork-Youghal Road (N25).

For info visit: www.heritageireland.ie/en/

St. Anne's Church

Built in 1722, and Cork’s most beloved landmark, St Anne’s Church is known for its melodious bells. It is built of red sandstone and limestone, from which the Cork hurling and football teams take their colours. The view from the belfry is quite inspiring and well worth the effort of climbing.

The Church is located at Church St., Cork, County Cork, and for more information phone 021/450-4906, or visit www.activate.ie/sites/corkcitylib/ecclesiastical/stannesshandon/st_annes_shandon.htm

Cork City Gaol

Just 2km from Cork’s main thoroughfare is the castle where 19th century prisoners were incarcerated under dismal and appalling conditions. Visitors can experience the wretched state suffered by miscreants in the wings of the Cork City Gaol, and then after the memorable experience enjoy some refreshments or buy souvenirs, in the excellent facilities provided by the friendly staff.

For more information Phone 021 4894049, or go to www.cork-guide.ie/corkcity.htm

Cork International Choral Festival

Cork City, Co. Cork, held from April to May, this festival includes the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition, which sees schools, youth, and adult choirs competing for this prestigious trophy.

For more information telephone (+) 353 21 430-8308, fax (+) 353 21 430-8309, email chorfest@iol.ie or go to website www.corkchoral.ie

The Burren

Located on the R478 is a 100 sq. mile plateau of limestone ‘pavements’, where rare and fragile flowers bloom in summer, and all around are signs of early civilizations. Holy wells and ancient churches, dolmens and round towers speak of folk who lived hundreds and even thousands of years before us. The Burren, and all we can learn from it, is one of world’s most important natural attractions.

For more information go to the website www.foundmark.com/Ireland/data/Daytrips/Part4.html

Cork Jazz Festival

Cork City, Co. Cork, held in October, at different venues throughout the city, this festival is a great celebration of the different shades and nuances of jazz.

For more information telephone (+) 353 (0) 21 427879, fax (+) 353 (0) 21 427-0463, email www.corkjazzfestival.com

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